Brahmin, Saraswat in Bangladesh


Population
5,700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Saraswat Brahmins are named after a river that once flowed in their original homeland. From there they migrated to many parts of South Asia, including what is now Bangladesh.

Brahmin is the highest of the four Hindu varnas or major categories of caste communities. The English word Brahmin is an anglicised form of the Sanskrit word brahmana. "Brahman" refers to the first of the three major Hindu gods whereas "Brahmin" refers to an individual.

Brahmins typically have early morning devotional times which they call pujas which involve prayer, meditation and making offerings to their deities. Though they originated as the priestly varna, today only certain subsets of Brahmins are still involved in priestly duties for others such as teaching, preaching or performing public rituals.
The religious training of Brahmins prepares them well for advanced mathematics. In today's world, the top positions in such areas as computer programming, business, teaching, and politics are often filled by Brahmins. Though there are many wealthy Brahmins, those who perform Hindu rituals for a living are often poor.


Where Are they Located?

Though the Saraswat Brahmins are more numerous in northern India, there are some of them in neighboring Bangladesh where Muslims are the majority.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Brahmins have much status in the Hindu countries of India and Nepal, but they do not have it in Muslim Bangladesh. As leaders in Hindu communities, they are probably viewed as a threat by the Muslim majority.
The Saraswat Brahmins have their own linguistic distinctions. They have always been noted for helping to raise the level of civilization where they live. People associate the Saraswat Brahmins with learning.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Saraswats have five primary gods that they worship.

Since they have the highest status of any Hindu varna, Brahmins believe that they have everything to lose by "converting" to another religious system. A Brahmin believes he is on the verge of reaching nirvana if he earns good karma in this life by doing what he is supposed to do. He believes that it took thousands of years of being reincarnated to reach the high state he now enjoys. Switching to a "different God" would surely result in an inferior reincarnation after he dies.


What Are Their Needs?

Saraswat Brahmins in Bangladesh need believing friends who have the empathy to learn how Brahmins think and what they seek. It may take years for them to accept that Christ has the spiritual answers that all of us need.


Prayer Points

* Brahmins are the key community who uphold Hinduism. Pray that the light of the gospel breaks through the veil that blinds this community.
* Pray that the true God will reveal Himself to this community and use Brahmins to preach and teach about Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among every Brahmin community.


References

http://creative.sulekha.com/the-saraswat-brahmin-displaced-inhabitant-of-saraswati_112621_blog
https://kashmirblogs.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/saraswat-brahmins/
http://www.infomap24.com/en/point/secondary-school/jagadish-saraswat-girls-high-school/3514366.asp
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-history-of-Saraswat-Brahmins
http://saraswats.blogspot.in/2006/07/saraswat-brahmins.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Brahmin, Saraswat
People Name in Country Brahmin, Saraswat
Population in Bangladesh 5,700
World Population 576,400
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Brahman Terai, Brahmin Terai, Gawda Saraswat, Rajapura Saraswat, Saras, ब्रह्मन, सरस्वत
People ID 19977
ROP3 Code 115758
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Dhaka
(2,100)
Chittagong
(1,100)
Khulna
(1,100)
Sylhet
(1,000)
Barisal
(200)
Rajshahi
(100)
Rangpur
(100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Dhaka (2,100)
  Chittagong (1,100)
  Khulna (1,100)
  Sylhet (1,000)
  Barisal (200)
  Rajshahi (100)
  Rangpur (100)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (4,400 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
(700)
Chittagonian
(50)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (4,400 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti (700)
  Chittagonian (50)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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